Education opportunities for children across the Pilbara have been given a big boost, with a successful partnership between the State Government and BHP being renewed for another three years with $6.6 million in new funding.
BHP has made a commitment to the Pilbara Education Partnership until 2023, building on the success of the previous agreement which supports and provides education opportunities in the early years and in the transition from primary to secondary school.
Under the $6.6 million agreement, $3 million will be spent to better prepare children for starting school, ensuring families have access to important services and early intervention to address areas of concern.
More than $3 million will also be invested to provide clear pathways from primary to secondary school and in training, further study and employment. The strategy is focused on building on partnerships with training providers such as TAFE, and Registered Training Organisations, industry and the local community to prepare young people for life beyond school.
Students from Years 7 to 10 will have new opportunities to experience life in the workplace and gain skills for employment, further training or study, by participating in job trials, work experience and community service.
The partnership covers state schools in Hedland and Newman, as well as Onslow Primary School, Jigalong Remote Community School, Marble Bar Primary School, Nullagine Primary School and Yandeyarra Remote Community School.
Education and training opportunities have been a key area of focus and research for the Hedland Collective, particularly through the School Based Traineeship program, and it is exciting to see this partnership renewed and the benefits that will flow to local students and communities.
See the full media release on the renewed partnership here.